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By Randy DeSoto on August 25, 2017 at 5:27pm
The White House announced on Friday that President Trump granted a pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In the announcement, noting his previous service in the military and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the White House stated, “Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public form the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”
President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
By: Megan Cassidy, The Republic azcentral.com Updated 6:03 p.m. MT Aug. 25, 2017
TRUMP PARDONS ARPAIO FOR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT
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President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his criminal contempt conviction. Wochit
“After more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate of a Presidential pardon”
Thank you Mr. President
Sheriff Joe Arpaio wins pardon from Trump
Published August 25, 2017
President Trump granted a pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., on Friday.
Arpaio, 85, was recently found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that allegedly targeted immigrants.
He had been charged with misdemeanor contempt of court for allegedly willfully defying a judge’s order in 2011 and prolonging his patrols for another 17 months.
Donald J. Trump Verified account
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!
7:00 PM – 25 Aug 2017
Joe Arpaio @RealSheriffJoe
Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!
6:07 PM – 25 Aug 2017
House Judiciary Committee rejects Democrats’ call to investigate Joe Arpaio pardon
By: Kelly Cohen |
The House Judiciary Committee does not have plans to hold a hearing to investigate the circumstances surrounding President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, despite a request by House Democrats to do so.
A Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told the Washington Examiner President Trump has “broad authority” to issue pardons under the U.S. Constitution.
And it is because of that, “the committee does not currently have plans to hold a hearing on this matter,” the aide said…
…The Democrats also called the pardon a “gross injustice” given the charges against Arpaio, and one that was “both inappropriate and deeply disturbing.”